Francis Cove United Methodist Church recently started the Walter and Betty James Memorial Scholarship at Haywood Community College. Both were members of the church and retirees of the college. Walter James was the first Dean of Students and Betty James was the secretary to the first two presidents of the college. The pair both started working at the college within two years of the formation of the school.
According to their daughter, Paula Bostic, both Walter and Betty believed strongly in the mission of HCC. “Mama and Daddy had such deep ties with the college. They were both very proud of the students and their accomplishments and kept up with the accomplishments of the school until their deaths. They were both proud to have been there from the start of the school, to have played a part in the development of such an excellent educational institution, and to have seen how it grew and affected so many lives in so many ways.”
At Francis Cove United Methodist Church, both Walter and Betty served in many capacities. Betty was a charter member and served as pianist and organist for 60 years.
“Having a scholarship set up in their names would have touched them both very deeply,” Bostic explains. “Our family is very pleased that Mama and Daddy’s legacy of promoting education will live on through the Walter and Betty James Memorial Scholarship and we are grateful to Francis Cove UMC for setting it up.”
For more information about the Walter and Betty James Memorial Scholarship or to donate, please call 828-565-4170.